RG055 – What’s new in HyperDrive 2.1

By Rob Aarts

 

The purpose of this article is to go a bit deeper into the latest release of RES Hyperdrive 2.1 so you can familiarize yourself with the new features.

Non-Caching mode for VDI/ SBC environments:
The HyperDrive client can now be installed in “non-caching” mode. This is very useful in SBC or VDI environments. In this configuration no data is being cached locally, instead the client uses a secure WebDAV connection to make your data available. Let’s look a bit more into this:

RES HyperDrive 2.1 introduces a secure WebDAV interface to the RES HyperDrive Virtual Appliance, that provides easy access to drives for apps on mobile devices. This also supports opening and savíng documents from most apps on IOS. This means Apple devices can now open documents directly from a RES HyperDrive drive, without the need for a native RES HyperDrive app. A few notes on this:

  • The ‘previous version’ option will be disabled in the non-caching client.
  • The non-caching client is only supported for environments in which single sign-on has been configured.
  • Non-caching clients can be installed by using the “/NOCACHE” parameter.
  • The RES HyperDrive client in non-caching mode on non-persistent desktops works only with centrally managed drive mappings and client settings.

HyperDrive client management made easier:
You can now manage the RES HyperDrive client trough RES Workspace Manager 2012. This is supported from WM SR1 and up. Alternatively you can use Microsoft Windows Group Policies, by way of an ADMX policy template. You can download it from the support portal here. Either way the following items can be managed:

  • Client settings
  • FileLink settings
  • Invite settings
  • Logging settings
  • Outlook Plugin settings

New administrative dashboard
The configuration wizard in the RES HyperDrive Virtual Appliance has now been enhanced with an Administrator Dashboard to perform basic administrative tasks such as account and drive creation and usage reporting which can display and output to CSV format. With this dashboard you can now manage RES HyperDrive even without an RES automation Manager environment. This is what the dashboard looks like:

New HyperDrive modules for RES Automation Manager

If you happen to have RES automation Manage in place already, you’ll benefit from two new modules which have been added to the building blocks to help you out with configuring the next to new features:

  • Disable WebDAV interface: This module disables the new WebDAV interface for the RES HyperDrive clients. This is handy in case you don’t need this functionality.
  • Remove Download button from Online Client: This module prevents users from downloading and installing the RES HyperDrive clients on unmanaged systems. Effectively the downlink link will be removed.

 

Other things that have changed in version 2.1:

During new installations, the configuration wizard now shows the following options:

  • Install New Appliance
  • Upgrade or Restore Existing

After installation, the Configuration Wizard shows the following options:

  • Change Configuration
  • Dashboard
  • View License Information

But wait, there is more!

  • You can now assign any drive letter starting from A: and up
  • The HyperDrive client for Windows is now digitally signed with an official certificate.
  • The Windows HD client also now supports Microsoft Windows 8.
  • The Windows HD client also now supports Microsoft Outlook 2013. Note that unfortunately the plugin doesn’t work on a Windows 8 Pro (Surface) x64 with Outlook 2013 x64 – yet!
  • RES HyperDrive Clients: Log off from Online Dashboard
  • The Virtual Appliance has been upgraded to CentOS 6.3. Other core components such as Apache, PHP and PostgreSQL have also been upgraded to their latest version.
  • When upgrading an RES HyperDrive Virtual Appliance by performing a “Rip and Replace”, the appliance now automatically recovers the previously imported SSL certificate.

For more information, see the online administration guide for RES Hyperdrive. It can be found here.

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